Kula Shaker

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British indie-rock band formed by Crispian Mills and Alonza Bevan whilst at college in 1988. Various lineup and name changes (previous members included one of Hayley Mills' ex-boyfriends on vocals and previous monikers the band went under included The Kays and Objects of Desire), plus thanks to Crispian's pilgrimage in 1993, they are famously tinged with an Eastern-fused sound because of Crispian's Hinduism influences.

They originally split in 1999 amid personality clashes, record company intrusion and frustration of competing against the press' infamous lynching towards Crispian after some misinterpreted quotes in 1997. Crispian went on to record a project called Pi (the material never materialised) and The Jeevas. Alonza joined Johnny Marr's band Healers (2) and formed a short-lived band with Paul Winter-Hart called Shep. Winter-Hart also joined the short-lived Thirteen:13 and drummed for Aqualung. Jay Darlington joined Oasis (2) as a live and session musician and carried on with Beady Eye when they split in 2009.

In 2002 a compilation was released entitled "Kollected", which Crispian compiled and wrote sleeve notes for. It also featured a previously unreleased Bob Dylan cover, which was also the band's final recorded song before their split.

In 2004 the band "reformed" for a one-off song "Braj Mandala" on a charity compilation album 'School of Braja' which Crispian had been creative director of, also recording two new songs with The Jeevas too. Crispian laid down the basics of the song and asked the other members individually to play their parts on it. (Jay was the only member not to be involved due to his commitments with Oasis (2)). Crispian and Alonza soon began writing together again and planned a full return. Jamming in the studio birthed the "Revenge of the King" E.P. and a supporting mini-tour in 2005.

Harry Broadbent was hired in 2006 and officially became Jay's replacement.
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Kula Shaker Discography Tracks

Albums

Kula Shaker - K album art Kula Shaker K (Album) Columbia Indonesia 1996 Sell This Version
SHOW #97-13 Kula Shaker - In The Zone album art Kula Shaker / Local H Kula Shaker / Local H - In The Zone(2xCD, Transcription) Westwood One SHOW #97-13 US 1997 Sell This Version
Kula Shaker - Peasants, Pigs & Astronauts album art Kula Shaker Peasants, Pigs & Astronauts (Album) Columbia, Columbia, Columbia US 1999 Sell This Version
Kula Shaker - Strangefolk album art Kula Shaker Strangefolk (Album) EMI UK 2007 Sell This Version
Kula Shaker - Pilgrim's Progress album art Kula Shaker Pilgrim's Progress (Album) Strangefolk UK 2010 Sell This Version
Kula Shaker - K2.0 album art Kula Shaker K2.0 (Album) Strangefolk UK 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Kula Shaker - Tattva (Lucky 13 Mix) album art Kula Shaker Tattva (Lucky 13 Mix) (Single) Columbia UK 1995 Sell This Version
Kula Shaker - Grateful When You're Dead album art Kula Shaker Grateful When You're Dead (EP) Epic Japan 1996 Sell This Version
Kula Shaker - Grateful When You're Dead / Jerry Was There album art Kula Shaker Grateful When You're Dead / Jerry Was There (Maxi, Single) Columbia, Columbia UK 1996 Sell This Version
Kula Shaker - Tattva album art Kula Shaker Tattva (Maxi, Single) Columbia, Columbia UK 1996 Sell This Version
Kula Shaker - Hey Dude album art Kula Shaker Hey Dude (Single, Maxi) Columbia, Columbia Spain 1996 Sell This Version
JC 154937 Kula Shaker - Killing Me Softly / Tattva album art Fugees / Kula Shaker Fugees / Kula Shaker - Killing Me Softly / Tattva(7") Columbia JC 154937 Italy 1996 Sell This Version
Kula Shaker - Hush album art Kula Shaker Hush (Maxi, Single) Columbia Europe 1997 Sell This Version
Kula Shaker - Govinda album art Kula Shaker Govinda (Single) Columbia UK & Europe 1996 Sell This Version
CK 68514 Kula Shaker - Summer Sun E.P. album art Kula Shaker Summer Sun E.P.(CD, EP) Columbia CK 68514 US 1997 Sell This Version
Kula Shaker - Sound Of Drums album art Kula Shaker Sound Of Drums (Single) Columbia UK 1998 Sell This Version
JC 15549 7 Kula Shaker - Shower Your Love / Lullaby album art Kula Shaker / Shawn Mullins Kula Shaker / Shawn Mullins - Shower Your Love / Lullaby(7", Jukebox) Columbia JC 15549 7 Italy 1998 Sell This Version
ESK 41571, 8860, K 67822 Kula Shaker - Acquiesce / Interview / Tattva (Lucky 13 Mix) album art Oasis (2) / Kula Shaker Oasis (2) / Kula Shaker - Acquiesce / Interview / Tattva (Lucky 13 Mix)(CD, Enh + CD, Single + Ltd, Promo) Epic, Columbia, Columbia ESK 41571, 8860, K 67822 US 1998 Sell This Version
Kula Shaker - Mystical Machine Gun album art Kula Shaker Mystical Machine Gun (Maxi, Single) Columbia US 1998 Sell This Version
Kula Shaker - Shower Your Love album art Kula Shaker Shower Your Love (Single) Columbia UK 1999 Sell This Version
SHAKER 2CD, 4931429000 Kula Shaker - Peasants, Pigs And Astronauts album art Kula:Shaker* Peasants, Pigs And Astronauts(CD, Single, Ltd, Promo, Car) Columbia, Columbia, FNAC, FNAC SHAKER 2CD, 4931429000 France 1999 Sell This Version
Kula Shaker - Revenge Of The King E.P. album art Kula Shaker Revenge Of The King E.P. (EP) Alvar Music UK 2006 Sell This Version
Kula Shaker - Second Sight album art Kula Shaker Second Sight (Single) Strangefolk UK 2007 Sell This Version
Kula Shaker - Out On The Highway album art Kula Shaker Out On The Highway (Single) Rocket Radio Promotions UK 2007 Sell This Version
none Kula Shaker - Song Of Love / Narayana ("Hands In The Hair" Remix) album art Kula Shaker Song Of Love / Narayana ("Hands In The Hair" Remix)(CD, Single, Promo) Strange F.O.L.K. none UK 2007 Sell This Version

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Chalkers

March 3, 2018
The press hated this band and much of the fickle public were persuaded to believe that this band were capable of achieving nothing. Listen to their music with an open mind - when K was released it was cool to like Oasis (and/or Blur) and the UK was obsessed over the Spice Girls; this kind of music was proudly retro, spiritual and created by so called 'posh kids'; the album should've bombed...but it didn't - it sold bucket loads and the music magazines and radio stations hated them for it.
Despite this, the band has maintained a devoted fanbase over their stop/start career because their music is genuinely good. The level of songwriting is consistently high (although occasionally patchy in their last couple of albums) and the musicianship is excellent. I urge any newcomers to start with K and work forward - K remains their best album and in my mind of the best albums of the 1990s.

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